On the incinerator site, not far from the river's edge, exists a natural depression in the landscape that functions as a seasonal wetland. The Linear Park Design Team saw this area as a perfect opportunity to develop a permanent wetland area and offer guided nature walks. An outdoor classroom could be developed where adults and children could learn about the environment and about man's impact upon the environment. The wetland area would offer the wonder of nature while still exposing children to the day-to-day world of science.
Wetlands are the portion of land covered with water for a part of the year. Freshwater wetlands are highest in spring because of flooding caused by melting snow and spring run off. As the spring and summer progresses, droughts, evaporation, and infiltration cause the areas to slowly dry up. The deepest wetlands can potentially hold up to 2.0 meters of water whereas other wetlands are almost dry -- dry enough at least to walk through them and only get your feet damp. Wetlands are ecosystems that support plant and animal communities that depend on the presence of water or wet soils for their livelihood. Wetlands sustain plants that grow in or out of water and are home to many species of fish and ducks
KAYAK DOCKS & FISHING PIERS
A dock/pier along the banks of the Chattahoochee River will extend into the river for access to deeper water and bigger fish. This amenity is connected to the overall primary trail system. Within the surrounding neighborhood are fisherman who have desired such a spot to cast a line for some time. Kayaking has continued to grow in popularity in the past few years. In the idea and brainstorming stage of this project, we discovered the silent minority of river-runners (kayakers) whom use the river regularly. This site has potential for the inclusion of a boating facility where one could store or rent canoes or kayaks for the day; or maybe classes that offer kayak instruction. .
1997 Landscape Architecture Foundation Demonstration Project